The Malt Whisky Trail is home to a collection of vibrant, living communities. The people of the trail like to party, and share these celebrations with visitors as often as they can. It’s a passion for celebration which has given rise to a strong culture of festivals in the region – with a large variety of events of all shapes and sizes taking place throughout the year.
Discover these set-piece events, and join the party in Moray Speyside.
Piping at Forres: June 24th 2017
The European Pipe Band Championships
Piping At Forres, the European Pipe Band Championships takes place in the stunning setting of Grant Park, Forres on 25 June 2017. Thousands of pipers and drummers from far and wide, in over a hundred bands, will compete to be European Champions in their grade. Drum Majors and Highland Dancers will also compete in this event, run under the auspices of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA).
The event not only offers world class piping but a range of other entertainment and over a hundred retail stalls. There are local producers showing why they have world wide reputations for excellence by showcasing their food and drink, and a craft and retail village with beautiful locally produced items of clothing, jewellery and much more. Funfairs and beer tents add to the all round, whole family entertainment.
For more information, and to plan your visit, click here.
Speyfest: July 2017
Well-established as one of the best Celtic and Scottish music festivals in the country with a varied programme of seated concerts, ceilidhs and stomps across three days and nights. The festival line-up features some of the biggest names from the worlds of Scottish traditional and contemporary music.
At the end of July, the playing fields on East Street in the Moray town of Fochabers play host to three days of the best in traditional and contemporary Celtic music.
The tented village hosts a variety of seated and standing events including the Friday and Saturday concerts and stomps, the music marathon that is the Speyfest Family Sunday, a craft and food fair and an ecumenical Celtic Kirk service.
This is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the traditional local culture.
For more information, and to plan your visit, click here.
Highland Games: throughout the summer months
The communities of the Malt Whisky Trail have a strong tradition of throwing impressive annual Highland games, stretching back to the time of the region’s warring clans. A display of strength, athletic prowess, and rich cultural heritage, the Highland games make for an impressive spectacle and a guaranteed fun-filled day for all the family.
There are a great many Highland games which take place across the Malt Whisky Trail. The Tomintoul Highland Games, near the Glenlivet distillery, will enter it’s 176th year in 2017, and typically takes place in the middle of July. The Dufftown Highland Games, near the Glenfiddich distillery, and the Aberlour Highland Games, near Glen Grant and the Speyside Cooperage, are also action-packed days ready to explore.
To discover more about the Highland games and when you can visit, remember to check back to the Malt Whisky Trail nearer the summer months.
Seafest: Lossiemouth July 2-9, 2017
Seafest is a week long celebration of the sea, and the important role it plays in the life of communities along the Moray cost. Culminating in a Food Fayre which transforms the fishing village of Lossiemouth into a seafood-lovers heaven, the week also includes activities on and off-shore.
Music, dance, and theatre
There are a myriad venues to enjoy the full gamut of Scotland’s music scene along the Malt Whisky Trail. In Findhorn, near the Benromach distillery, the Universal Hall plays host to large musical concerts, as well as set-piece events like the renowned ‘Rise’ festival of contemporary dance.
In Elgin, near the Glen Moray distillery, The Drouthy Cobbler is a venue for an array of traditional music acts, small theatre productions, as well as hugely popular monthly comedy club which attracts some of the biggest names on the Scottish circuit.
Further south in Speyside, the villages of Dufftown, Rothes, and Aberlour regularly host local ceilidhs (traditional Scottish dances and community gatherings), which offer an authentic insight into a century’s old way to party.
The annual three-day Rise festival, in Findhorn, plays host to artists working at the cutting edge of contemporary dance.
Spirit of Moray Book Festival: Sept 2017
A celebration of writing, illustration and publishing in Scotland at this local festival that attracts renowned Scottish authors (and kicks off with a whisky event).
Speyside Golf Festival 4th – 8th September 2017
The Tournament will be a Non Qualifiying Stableford Competition, reductions only i.a.w. Congu rules and regulations. Day 1 (Monday) will be played at Forres G C, Tuesday’s play is at Moray G C, Wednesday you visit Elgin GC and on Thursday Boat of Garten. The final day Friday will be at Grantown on Spey G C.
You will receive a complimentary Titleist ProV1 and a miniature of Benromach Single Malt Scotch Whisky before teeing off. Gordon & MacPhail and Johnstons of Elgin will be pleased to arrange VIP visits to Benromach distillery in Forres as well as a tour of Johnstons of Elgin’s Cashmere visitor centre – both a ‘must do’ when visiting Speyside.
Following the final round, there will be a free buffet. Prize giving will take place along with a free raffle for those attending. At each course there are 2 excellent prizes for both ladies and gents to be competed for on a daily basis, with an extensive prize fund of golfing gifts and quality products from Speyside.
Play at each of these splendid courses is averaging out at £30 per round and we believe this represents exceptional value for a great golf week. You can book here